Soom has introduced SoomSafety, an iOS mobile app that allows users to scan a medical device and receive instructions for use, safety and recall information directly from the device manufacturer and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). SoomSafety is the first app to utilize openFDA, open-source databases that enable developers to quickly and easily use FDA data in applications. This year alone, 26 medical device products have been recalled, affecting nearly 50 million individual devices in the United States. SoomSafety users scan the barcode on a medical device to automatically identify the device and store it in the app. The app also identifies and stores implanted medical devices like artificial joints, pacemakers and heart valves by scanning the barcode on a patient’s medical device identification card. Once a device is stored, the app checks for FDA recall information, provides next steps in the event of a recall and pushes notifications if the device is ever recalled. In addition, the app displays safety and use information for each stored device.
SoomSafety is available now for free in the Apple App Store. Patients, caregivers and homecare professionals can learn more about SoomSafety at www.soom.com/soomsafety.
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